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Karuna Khyal


Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.99 | 25 ratings

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4 stars This album was recommended to me by one of my freaky friend as "Japanese krautrock on heavy drugs". Searching for additional information, I realized, that it is obscure album from Japanese underground music, recorded in 1976. So - here it is!

Two long, LP-side size compositions. Very unexpected sound. First side is collage of few separate musical pieces, mostly combined from wordless vocals, strongly Cpt. Beefheart influenced singing, tribal rhythms (without real drummer), blues-folk heavily mixed and injected with electronic samples and loops. Kind of Can music , played by shamans of Mushroom's Commune.

Second side, being generally similar to the first, is darker and more energetic (even aggressive). Impossible combination of harmonica, tribal rhythms and Van Vliets vocals. All - with strong psychedelic doze.

Very unusual combination of genuine German krautrock, early American avant-psyche-blues and some deep Japanese tribal folk roots. Plus loops and electronic soundscapes everywhere.

Absolute gem from early Japanese psychedelic avant rock. Strange and magnetic. Possibly even dangerous.

snobb | 4/5 |


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